We are proud to offer both an accelerated RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program.
The Baccalaureate and Master's Programs at Benedictine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN Program is accredited through June 30, 2023. The MSN Program is accredited through 2015.
CCNE may be contacted at: One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.
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Phone: (630) 829-1933
Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health. Prior to joining Benedictine she held the position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a long history with North Park University as a tenured professor and dean. Dr. Ritt is frequently sought out by national and international organizations for her expertise on adult learning, assessment, and accreditation. She has published many papers in the fields of higher education, health care, and analytics.
Dr. Ritt holds an Ed.D, specializing in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, from Northern Illinois University (1989). She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult Health Nursing/Education, from Loyola University of Chicago (1982), and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), from North Park University. Dr. Ritt holds certifications as nurse executive-advanced and nurse educator.
Welcome to the Department of Nursing and Health and Benedictine University (BenU). We understand that you have many options to continue your education and we are delighted that you have chosen to explore completing your degree through BenU.
As an academic community we are committed to the liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by its Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage. At BenU we prepare students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community. Students are provided a values-centered education that is enriched by our excellent reputation in science. As students and practicing RN’s you understand first-hand the importance of lifelong learning and a life of service to others.
We are fortunate to have a excellent faculty that teach in both the RN to BSN and MSN programs. Students indicate that the programs are convenient, affordable, and flexible in meeting the needs of the working adult student. RN to BSN class options and schedules are offered at various locations near the main campus in Lisle, IL and at the branch campus in Springfield, IL. The BSN and online MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.